Welcome Back to the Bedroom Makeover Challenge from Primitive Star Quilt Shop. Yesterday we helped you decide on a room, define your style, consider the backdrop or foundation of your room and start to think about colors.
Today and tomorrow we are going to talk textiles. So, first of all take an inventory or what textiles you already have.
These are gonna be things like quilts and bedding, sheets, pillows, rugs and curtains. And we will go into even more window and curtain detail tomorrow. So, I’m sure that some of you have already decided that you want to completely replace what you have and start over. But that is not always the case for everyone. So, on your worksheet, do a little inventory check and decide what you are planning to keep and which items need to be replaced. You know, it’s funny how differently everyone looks at this process. After years in the home decorating business, I have customers who are ready for a makeover after 2 years and others who think it might be time after 22 years. I also have customers who purchase multiple quilts that coordinate so they can switch them out with the seasons.
As you review your inventory list and determine what you will replace and what you will keep, some questions you might ask yourself are:
Are there things you can use or repurpose?
Does your current quilt or comforter go with the theme you want to create? Maybe the quilt on your bed was handmade by a family member and would be better preserved by hanging it on a quilt rack in the corner of your room. Possibly your old bedspread could be repurposed and become your camping or picnic blanket.
Another thing you want to do is take a look at any area rugs or throw rugs you have in the room. Are they showing signs of wear or do they still have a few good years left in them? As you look at the rugs, review your color choices and style you defined yesterday. Can you see your rugs fitting in? Maybe they can be repurposed to another room of the house.
When it comes to rugs, what kind of texture is your preference? Do you want something fuzzy, braided jute, or cotton? Do you like solid rugs or ones with patterns. Consider the busyness of the pattern and think about how much traffic it will get. Many people like to put a runner along the side of the bed. If you want to put an area rug under the bed, a good rule of thumb is to get the rug big enough so that least one piece of furniture will fit on it and possibly two. You can use a rug even if you have carpet just to bring in a splash of color
Take stock of the pillows on your bed. Are you someone who likes a lot of pillows or do you think less is more? I have found the majority of our customers like a large grouping of coordinating pillows and shams at the head of their beds. Are you familiar with euro shams? Euro shams are the ones that take those large 27” square pillows. Those are especially practical if you like to read in bed before you go to sleep.
As you have been making this list of what to replace and what you want to reuse that means you should also make a list of what items you know you want to purchase. At this point, many of us will need to set a budget. Some of you might be at a place where a budget doesn’t really matter too much. For others, this is great time to set some goals or maybe talk it over with your husband. And it’s been 5 or more years since you redid your bedroom, you probably need to do a quick survey to determine what quilts, rugs and curtains are even selling for these days.
At Primitive Star Quilt Shop, you will find we have a variety of price points to fit most budgets.
In our facebook group, we have created albums for you to browse. Each of the albums and bedding pictures have a link to quilt collection pages on our site.
These albums are grouped by style. I know many of you have expressed that you like farmhouse style or primitive country. We also have some who like the bohemian prints while others prefer more clean lines and modern décor. Check out our albums to get an idea of what you might like and then visit our website to see all of the coordinating pieces in each collection.
Speaking of coordinating pieces. There are definitely two opinions here. Some people prefer a more eclectic approach to decorating mixing old with new, mixing large bold prints with small stripes, checks or florals. They don’t like things to be all matchy matchy. Others feel much more comfortable and pleased when the whole bedding ensemble coordinates and the room as a whole makes a statement. Each of you have to decide what will work for you.
Ok how did you do on your worksheet today? Keep filling it out as you create your list of to keep, not to replace and need to buy. If you get stuck talk with other family members since they know your likes and dislikes and can offer suggestions.
OK! If you have your worksheet all filled out give yourself a pat on the back. You have accomplished a lot already in the last two days! Snap a picture of your progress and share it with us in our Facebook group. When you share what you are learning on your own page be sure to use the #bedroommakeoverchallenge